First Impressions
No. 07 - Part 02 - Derby Road
w/e 06 November 2022

All of this week's pictures were taken with a Nikon D3300

After Manor Fields Drive, the steepest part of Derby Road is behind us and it levels off before slightly rising again from Oakwell Drive to White Lion Square.

GNR Bridge

Resuming at Manor Fields Drive though, the area on the right hand side of the road is shielded by many trees and shrubs. This was once the site of the Oakwell Brickworks and for a time in the not so distant past was being considered as a housing development site. Those plans fell through though due to the "contaminated ground". The shell of the Hoffman kiln still stands on the site and some images of it taken in September 2004 can be seen
on this page. The walls on either side of Derby Road in the image above mark the position of another bridge, this one being over the Stanton Branch of the Great Northern Railway.
Former Railway

Anyone looking over the wall though and expecting to see the railway lines would be disappointed as the cutting has been filled in and returned to nature.
30mph Limit

After the bridge the speed limit drops from 40mph to 30mph and on the right the former Ilkeston Colliery site is now home to a petrol filling station and the Ron Brooks motor trader's site. On the left is another small housing development, Charter Park followed by some allotments.

Ancient maps show a footpath which in recent years ran between the allotments and the Fire Station to the Recreation Ground. When the Fire Station was upgraded and redeveloped, the footpath was closed and it has never reopened.
Bowling Alley

Opposite the Fire Station, seen here on the left, which stands on the corner of Oakwell Drive, is the MFA Bowl, a 10 pin bowling alley.

Oakwell Drive

A left turn at the traffic lights would take us via Oakwell Drive, King George Avenue, Bristol Road and Manners Road to the northern end of Chalons Way, the point where we ended several of the other nine roads into Ilkeston. This route though along Derby Road continues straight on at the light to the southern end of Chalons Way.
Bristol Street Motors

The road now passes another motor trader, Bristol Street Motors, which trades from the site of the former Co-Op Bakery and Dairy site. The large building in the distance is that of Cluny Lace on Belper Street, a long-established company and the only one in the country still producing Leavers Lace.
Toll Bar House

Now nearing the top of Derby Road, the road sign indicating the Chalons Way roundabout, the large building in the centre of the image is No. 1 Derby Road. Now a Business Centre and known as Toll Bar House, for many years it was the home of the East Midlands Electricity Board. Next to it were some old cottages and the Three Horseshoes pub and opposite where the trees are, was another row of cottages.
Belper Street

The Three Horseshoes stands on one corner of Belper Street. On the other corner the property has been converted into residential flats but it used to be another pub called The Miner's Arms. The large building part way down Belper Street is the same one we saw earlier and is that of Cluny Lace. Back in 2003 when we were following the Town Walk, we were treated to a tour of the factory (
Chalons Way Island

Our walk up Derby Road concludes at the Chalons Way island where it joins the other southern routes into the town. In the next route in this series, the eighth, we'll follow Heanor Road from the north to meet Chalons Way at the northern extremity of the road.
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